Inspired to be the Heart of the Home

Lessons from Mary: how I reconciled with “A mother is the heart of the home.” 

My birthday was coming up and I had big plans.

I was going to do all the things I wanted to do for me. It was going to be a whole day of me-ness. I planned to take off first thing in the morning, meet a friend for breakfast, do some shopping by myself, have a nice lunch in a coffee shop, maybe even do some writing, and come home to a quiet dinner with my husband.

I had been feeling overwhelmed with meeting everybody else’s needs, and I was sick of it. For once I wanted to just do what I want. To not have to answer to anyone else. I was becoming more and more short-tempered. Less engaged in effective discipline. More shouty than problem-solvey.

So I was going to escape. For an entire day. Happy birthday to me. Continue reading “Inspired to be the Heart of the Home”

Life without You: Advent, BFFs, and separation

Absence makes the heart grow fonder: an Advent reflection inspired by my daughter.

My 4 year old daughter Princess and her cousin are best friends.

She sees her cousin almost every day. And when they don’t get together, she spends all her time talking about what she wants to say to her cousin or play with her when she sees her next.

But Princess’s cousin and her family went on vacation recently. For the first time, the two girls were separated by time and distance.

Life without her best friend is hard. Continue reading “Life without You: Advent, BFFs, and separation”